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fishskis | Oct 23, 200805:38 PM     27

Had a disappointing lunch at Anisette today. After hearing some good things about it, I finally made it there for my first visit.

They did a nice job with the room; think Balthazar or Pastis, but not quite. I had the frisee lardons oeufs salad which was bad; it was extremely small, with an overcooked, almost hard boiled egg, and literally 6 tiny crumbles of overcooked bacon - what can only be described as a ripoff for $12 (total food cost < $1). I followed this with the steak tartare appetizer, which I did not enjoy, and I did not eat (I believe they did not charge for it, but I was not paying, ,so I am not sure). The tartare was very course, vinegary, and loaded with capers, and the meat was not tasty; YMMV, but I really did not like it at all. This was a meal of inauthentic copies of classic French brasserie food; frankly, the food is better at the pseudo-French place at The Grove. My dining partner had the chicken, which he said was fine, but not great. The waiter, and service in general, was excellent. It seems significantly overpriced, especially for lunch, considering what they are delivering.

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